By David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB have alleged that an undisclosed number of women members of the group in Owerri, Imo State were arrested yesterday.
The group said the women were arrested when they staged a peaceful protest to demand the release of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The group in a press statement signed by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful demanded the immediate release of the Women, which they said have been taken to Etche Local Government Area (LGA) in Rivers State.
“We condemn the sacrilegious arrest, illegal detention and barbaric torture of grandmothers arrested and held in military custody by Nigerian soldiers and police under the most appalling conditions.
“It is unheard of anywhere in the world that old women, some of them grandmothers, were arrested by army or police, teargassed, locked-up and tortured for exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceful assembly.”
The group said Igbo land was not a conquered territory, adding that the activities of security agents were portraying the area as a conquered territory.
It condemned the Imo State Governor, Rocha’s Okorocha for standing aloof and letting such treatment be meted to women from his state.
“The intention of the government is to intimidate and humiliate our people, women and the elderly. The abduction of grandmothers, some of them in their late 70s, is the worst kind of abomination. It is an invitation to anarchy because if by the close of business on Monday (today), IPOB will call for a civil uprising against the oppressors and their agents in Ohaneze Ndigbo and government houses across Biafra land.
The group listed Igbo conspirators who have been masterminding arrest of its members to include; Igbo governors, and the Ohaneze Ndigbo.